High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston

High Cotton - Charleston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highcottoncharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8437243815x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Bar: Opens daily at 4:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Kelly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A beautiful blend of form and function, our three private dining rooms offer flexibility in size and style to complement our flavorful food, fine drink and warm hospitality to create memorable moments. Whether a wedding, social or business event, you'll find a room perfectly suited for celebrating.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Maynard 8776241064
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for full music schedule.
  • Special Events: For the 10th year, High Cotton will partner with Communities in Schools for a special three-course lunch in honor of Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Communities in Schools will receive 100% of the proceeds from the lunch.

    Guests will enjoy a celebration of tastiness with a three-course menu for the event. The lunch is $25 per person (gratuity not included). The full menu is available online. Lunch reservations are available from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 843.724.3815.

    Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc. is a nationally accredited 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dropout prevention agency that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, CIS currently serves more than 13,000 students and their families in 30 schools in Berkeley and Charleston Counties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cumberland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages located within ½ block of the restaurant. One is located at the corner of Concord and Cumberland and the second is located on Cumberland between East Bay and State. Street parking is also available.
A word from High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.

Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Private dining rooms available for wedding, business and social events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
High Cotton - Charleston reviews from OpenTable diners
348 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (221)fit for foodies (190)romantic (148)great for brunch (93)notable wine list (93)good for groups (76)neighborhood gem (66)vibrant bar scene (46)hot spot (42)scenic view (26)great for lunch (25)kid-friendly (20)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Disappointed with Crab Benedict selection. Too little for too much $. The grits were not of right consistency, i.e. they were rubbery. Mimosa was teeny tiny. Asparagus on Steak and Eggs selection was too thick, woody.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    Edgar
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great brunch with wide selection of items on the menu. Service was very attentive and food presentation well down!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have tried many restaurants in the area. Everywhere we went high cotton was highly recommended and rightly so. It was a fantastic night out and we would highly recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • group of 8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    the food, atmosphere and service was great...we enjoyed our meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    MENSUK
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was excellent, beautifully served. The noise level was way too high. It is still one of our favorites, but we hope the noise level can be fixed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best First Experience
    southernfoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was one of our first business trips to Charleston. And thank goodness we stumbled upon this gem. High Cotton is a beautiful establishment in the heart of downtown Charleston. The food is absolutely exquisite and the staff provided excellent service. I had the 12 oz. steak with delicate delicious gorgonzola stuffed gnocchi. (melts in your mouth!) We couldn't have asked for a better dinner after winding down from a long day at work. I would highly recommend this restaurant: service was excellent, food is heaven in your mouth. If they happen to have the banana pudding icecream, go for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    On vacation...had searched a number of places on line...High Cotton had received excellent reviews...like what I saw on the menu. It was my wife's birthday...so wanted to make it special. Had a great table next to the window for people watching, waiter was so great....neat personality. antelope Carpaccio appetizer was to die for.......wife got swordfish, which was a 9 of 10......I had their famous shrimp and grits which was excellent...topped of by the best chocolate mousse...ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were excited to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary at High Cotton based on a friends experience and recommendation. However, we did not have the same outstanding experience. We ordered the seafood appetizer and was disappointed with the lack of flavor. I ordered the res snapper special and it was very good. My husband ordered the risotto pasta special, but was disappointed with the dish. We ordered the key lime tart and the chocolate mousse for dessert, both very good. Our server was average, he performed the "duty" of delivering our meal, but did not make any recommendations, offer any suggestions or much else. Perhaps it was a bad night for him. Overall, a mediocre experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre at best
    Matt
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Expected much better food then received. The cheese plate was very good but the entrees were extremely bland.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites
    SpectacularVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is one of our Charleston favorites...we always have a great time and great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were treated like royalty. It was wedding brunch and everyone went out of their way to make it special. Thank You. Everything from wait staff to food was excellent. A great way to start our honeymoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    In the section we were seated in, the tables were too close together. It was not private at all. I felt as if I was in a diner as opposed to eating in a fine restaurant. The food and service were as expected...very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening!
    foodiechick
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    High Cotton is a beautiful restaurant - soft lighting, moderate noise, high ceilings! we had a wonderful birthday dinner with our oldest son. the food was excellent, service was great and ambience perfect! we'll definitely put it on our favorites list for Charleston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    dinningqueen
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant, the service and the food was perfect, they catered to the occasion which really put them over the top. Awesome Awesome Awesome, would recommend to everyone and will definitely come again!!! ALL SMILES NO COMPLAINTS :D :D
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    luvcharlestoneats
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Charleston is known for its food and this restaurant was high on our list to try. It was truly disappointing from the service, food and the loud talking couple right against our table. The waiter did not go over the menu with us. he did not inform us on how large some of the portions were. The salads we ordered were so big that they could have been meals themselves. I ordered a chicken dish that literally hung off the plate. My husband had a fish meal that was tasteless. Large on portions. low on taste and quality. I hope this was just an off night. We also sat next to a couple who complained of their relationships all night and were very loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special this time
    MarthaeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Overall just okay at this visit. Our waiter was excellent though. Food was salty according to most people in our party. Probably won't make any special effort to come back when in Charleston again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Place
    Lina
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    High Cotton is always on my list as the "BEST" in town, we live in Charleston and visit when ever we are looking for a good consistent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful brunch!
    Grace
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    High Cotton in Charleston is our go-to Sunday brunch spot when visitors come into town! The Charleston ambience, the live music and the assortment of fine dishes all add to a wonderful experience! A tad noisy for quiet conversation, but the lively environment speaks to "a good time had by all!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zero Complaints
    Rich
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My girlfriend and I went dined at High Cotton for the first as a part of our anniversary celebration. As soon as we got to our table, there was a note from the manager congratulating us on our anniversary and thanking us for spending it with them and our waiter immediately brought over to flutes of champagne for us. Just two really nice gestures. Our waiter was great, the food and drinks were delicious...overall, would recommend to anyone that would listen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Experience
    StevieB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you're downtown, don't miss this one. Very good food with very good service. Great spot to get a drink before dinner. Sat us on time, but didn't rush dinner! Will return when I get back to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat for Guests
    reservations4six
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had company from New Hampshire and wanted to show them Southern charm and ambiance - and great food! Mission accomplished with High Cotton. Smoky Rose is a treat from the bar and not to be missed. Luca at the bar sets the tone for the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Sully
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time at High Cotton but it will not be my last. From the first course to Desert everything was prepared perfectly and the presentation was wonderful. It was my wife's Birthday and the wait staff made it very special. The Flounder was prepared perfectly as well as the Duck Marsala. If you have never experienced High Cotton you are missing out on a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I Ordered Filet Medium Rare received Medium and dry. Spouse ordered Filet Medium received medium well. We are frequent diners here but were very disappointed. Front Desk handled seating very poorly. Overall we were unhappy given the many good experiences we have had there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies
    ltgpepper
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You will love the shrimp and grits. The 3 of us love 'good' food. Try to go to the best resturants we can when we travel. Lunch and dinner. This ranks high on the list in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Letty
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took my 7 year old niece and 10 year old nephew who both enjoyed rabbit appetizer abd the entrees; wahoo with beet risotto and the flat iron steak which was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    High Cotton was a nice place for dinner. The food was pretty good but I have had better. The atmosphere was very nice and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We always have a wonderful time at High Cotton. The atmosphere is amazing and they almost always have live music near the bar. Its very fancy and the service is always very professional. A word to the wise: this is not a place to bring children! The wine selection is also impressive. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal, great ambiance
    Michelle
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I thought the food was on par with other East Bay St establishments. I think it's a beautiful restaurant and the service was good as well. We went for restaurant week and were able to get the same quality service and food as we've gotten in the past when they weren't doing a promo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Cotton, Jazz, and Great food!
    Locals
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to High Cotton for a birthday celebration. We sat in the bar area in order to listen to a jazz band, which if you sat elsewhere in the restaurant you could hear as well through speakers, so no one misses out. We had an excellent cup of Capuccino and dessert. The blueberry pie was delicious! We will be back for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and atmosphere
    hgchic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was wonderful, the service was impeccable, we had a wonderful business dinner here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Small rooms provide a comfortable ambiance and adaptations of traditional menu items to southern produce and local providers is flawless and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, but didn't dazzle us
    inthebox
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and service was great. The food was good, but not great, particularly compared to their partner restaurant down the street. High Cotton was our highest restaurant bill during our Charleston visit, but did not dazzle us with the food. We expected better ... the food should have tasted more interesting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    Danielley
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The service was excellent, the jazz at brunch was a great touch, and all of the good was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place!
    terry
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was amazing. I had the filet of beef is was cooked to perfection. Everyone in my group loved their dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very romantic
    Travel2dine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a romantic table next to the window in the smaller room off to the side. We loved each bite! Wonderful and a must stop in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good food. Had the shrimp n grits and got 12 large shrimps. Very generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Kurt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great selection and a great way to experience places we've heard and read about but not yet visited since our relocation from Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, so-so service
    localdiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have eaten at High Cotton before and found the service to be exceptional. This time, not so much. We had to ask for bread, and what we received were the dried out ends of French loaves (or French rolls cut in half - either one, the bread was stale). Our food was brought out at different times so that some of our party received their entrées well after the rest of us. It took about 20 minutes to get our desserts, and this was after 10 pm - the restaurant was almost empty. Our server was polite and friendly, but not very attentive. The food was excellent, which was helpful because we had highly recommended the restaurant to our hostess for the evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Birthday dinner
    Lo52092
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a birthday surprise, we were greeted with complimentary champagne and lobster salad. The service and food was off the charts amazing it made our night so special!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal in Charleston
    KMcNally
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love all of the Maverick Southern Kitchens, but our trip to High Cotton this weekend stands out as one of the best. We had an amazing brunch on Saturday and promptly returned for dinner the next evening. We can not say enough about the staff, the food, the atmosphere -- the whole experience. High Cotton is one of the best restaurants in Charleston; certainly the best fried oysters in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate